ACCIONA is taking part in the final conference of the European KRAKEN project, which will take place at the AITIIP technology centre in Zaragoza on 25 September.
During the conference, ACCIONA and its partners on the project will present the latest hybrid and additive manufacturing technology for large parts, as well as the main achievements of the project.Those attending will also be able to see the KRAKEN robot in action.
ACCIONA’s main objective on the KRAKEN project is to demonstrate the technology for the construction sector.
Its principal role on the project has been to create a lining panel for road tunnels.The technology developed on the project has led to the creation of a lining panel that integrates the electrical conduits to power evacuation signage using LED technology. It has also created a panel section that can be mounted on tunnel walls as a single piece, significantly reducing the installation time for these elements on site.
The main advantages of this technology are its flexibility and the possibility of using different combinations of materials (especially metals and resins), as well as reducing the cost compared to the traditional manufacturing methodology.
The KRAKEN Project
The KRAKEN project, financed under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, began in October 2016 and comes to an end this September.
The project has developed an automated and robotic machine that integrates additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies. In other words, it can lay down the material in layers, but is also capable of removing excess material to produce a previously designed final piece.
The KRAKEN robot is also capable of producing compound hybrid pieces made up of different materials (metal, thermostable polymers or a combination of both) up to 20 metres long, with a high degree of precision and quality.This accuracy and quality is achieved thanks to its vision and laser-tracking systems that enable pieces to be monitored while they are manufactured and machine control at all times.
This project is technically very significant since it combines research into software, automation and materials.Thanks to these advances, industry will be able to use hybrid manufacturing (additive, subtractive and multi-material) to improve its quality standards.
If you would like to know more about the European KRAKEN project, follow this link:https://krakenproject.eu/
The following link shows a short film of the KRAKEN project:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp-HHRpjJR8